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The Gulf Oil Spill of 2010 was composed of hydrocarbons, some in liquid form, some in gas, and all volatile, toxic and flammable. Basically, this was a hazardous chemical spill composed of thousands of toxins, including diesel, gasoline, kerosene, methane and benzene. Many of these are carcinogenic.
In addition, the products used to contain and clean the spill pose hazards because they are in the food chain. Exposed plant matter is also affected.
Unfortunately, no one really knows how long the effects will last — on people, wildlife, the Gulf ecosystem, or the environment as a whole. According to Time magazine, experts say the impact of the disaster on human health has not even begun to be quantified.
Shortly after the spill, people began experiencing a number of physical ailments:
- Severe nausea
- Trouble breathing
- Stinging eyes
- High-dose inhalation leading to hydrocarbon pneumonia
- Folliculitis, caused by oil-clogged skin pores
It’s unknown how you may be affected in the long terms. For now, one thing is clear — an increase in the number of cancers is likely to be one of the results.
The immeasurable damage caused by events such as the Gulf Oil Spill is ruining lives. Anyone who has suffered due to this environmental pollution should consider contacting a lawyer about receiving adequate compensation.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.
We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.